Create a Project

Any member of the Boston University faculty who requires computing resources for their research may create a Research Computing Project on the Shared Computing Cluster (SCC). If your project is in direct support of an academic course, please instead fill out this form to create a New Course Project. As a Lead Project Investigator (LPI) of a project you will be responsible for authorizing individual user accounts (for collaborators both within and outside BU), monitoring usage, requesting resources, and filing annual renewals.

Faculty members may create and maintain as many Projects as they need in order to conveniently manage their research activities. This can include creating a separate project to support the work of one or more graduate students, even if that work is different from the faculty member’s own research.

Optional IT/Administrative Contact

LPIs may specify an IT/Administrative Contact to assist with or oversee the management of the project on their behalf. The IT/Administrative Contact has all of the same privileges as the LPI. They will receive an account on the SCC.  LPIs may specify the optional IT/Administrative Contact either on the Project Request form or at a future date on the Add an IT/administrative contact to your Project form found on your SCC Management page.

Your Account

When your project is created, you will receive an account on the SCC and will be sent email with instructions for getting started. With your BU login and Kerberos password you will be able to log in to the SCC and also manage your project with the web forms.

Course Projects

If your project is intended to be used by the students in a course you are teaching, we can set things up to automatically add your students to the project at the beginning of the semester. Please follow the ‘Back-to-School Checklist’ that is part of our Academic Support Service, particularly filling out the semesterly course request form. One restriction on this is that it can only be limited by course section number; if you only want certain specific students in the class added to the course, you would need to add them individually to the project.

Additional help

All project and account management is done via the Web. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to send email to